Here at Teaviews we like to help connect folks with top-quality teas, so it’s great when we get an opportunity to share a discount or special offer for a tea company that’s received high marks from our reviewers. Teas Etc, which debuted recently on the Teaviews “Top 20 Tea Companies” list, is offering a whopping 20% discount off their entire product line when you use the coupon code: AUGUST. But hurry! This offer ends Monday, August 3rd 2009. Click here to claim your discount: Teas Etc.
If you’re interested, here’s a list of all Teas Etc products we’ve reviewed so far here at Teaviews. The Mango Nut Rooibos, Orange U Slim Oolong and Golden Monkey were all big hits overall with us – you might want to try them for yourself!
And if that wasn’t enough, they’re offering an additional $5.00 coupon if you follow them via their facebook page by Tuesday… and of course shipping is FREE if you buy more than $75 worth of tea.
Dan’s Teaview Snapshot
|"A "blossoming" tea that does not blossom? Disappointing. Effect on your pocketbook? Disappointing. This tea's flavor? Not disappointing in the least. "|
As this was filed under the “blossoming” section of Earthbound Tea’s website, I was excited to finally try one of these nifty creations. Well, perhaps my cup was too confining (though the daisy seemed to have plenty of room to breathe), or perhaps I was expecting too much fanfare, but… well… it didn’t do anything. It certainly didn’t “blossom”. It just kind of sat there and steeped. This should have been a given, since there were no flowers to blossom. Pretty disappointing in that regard.
This White Peony Daisy is hand-woven Darjeeling that’s shaped into a sea urchin type ball of spiky tea leaves. Pretty nifty, but again – no “blossom”. Which is fine and all, but this begs the questions: (a) why is this filed under the “blossoming” category?; and (b) why use all this delightful tea on a hand-threaded ball o’ tea that is meant to be used (assumedly) only once, thus making it incredibly expensive?
I prepared this tea with 185-190 degree water for approximately 3.5 minutes. The resultant liquor was a very pale yellow hue. The flavor, I must admit, was exquisitely delicious – very very mild, and quite sweet in a natural way.
In all, this was a delicious tea, but leaves one scratching their head as to why to go through the expense of presentation with a tea that doesn’t actually blossom, but is rather an intertwined ball of inanimate tea leaves? If this was offered in an affordable loose-leaf, my rating would come with a much higher recommendation.
— To purchase Earthbound Tea White Peony Daisy, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Troy’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Flowery, graceful, and delicious, despite having nothing to do with Berlin."|
Don’t try to figure out the name Berlin Mix, it will make your gray matter spill out your ears. Mine currently lies in a small pool on my desk, not a great loss as I didn’t often find need of it, but the figure its taking is far to Reagan-esque for my tastes. I’ve never been to Berlin, I know very little about Berlin, but I doubt that even if I did I could figure out how something would take the name “Berlin Mix” and manage to be a Vanilla Rooibos.
Then again, there are alot of things I don’t get in this life. Like why I tasted Jasmine and Lavender when there isn’t any, or why people still claim the moon landing was fake, but black helicopters and the Illuminati are real. (I really need to stop baiting off topic squabbles). Maybe its just a psychosomatic sensation brought about by the fact that my favorite Rooibos blends are those that include Jasmine.
At any rate, its a very fragrant and flowery brew, that dances like a graceful angel cobbled together from aged clockworks by a mad scientist bent on world satisfaction. Its light, cool, as in the sensation, not as in big black sunglasses in the 90’s, or tiny useless ones post “matrix”, and refreshing. It leaves you feeling clean, and somewhat energized, even though it lacks a stimulant of any sort. Of course it will make you spend millions to explore Berlin and figure out what it has to do with Jasmine Rooibos, its a conspiracy I tells ya….
— To purchase Cupteavity Berlin Mix, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Black Pepper Tea, Black Tea, Cardamom Tea, Chai Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Clove Tea, Coconut Tea, Ginger Tea, Nutmeg Tea, Orange Peel Tea, Zhenas Gypsy Tea
Christine’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Unless you really don't like coconut, you'll probably love it."|
I’ve tried several of Zhena’s bagged tea and found all of them to be outstanding. They really prove that bagged tea done right can rival even loose leaf tea in flavor and quality, and this one is no exception. It tastes pretty much just like it sounds: a quality chai base with a decent helping of coconut flavor. Both flavors blend well together, giving it a wonderfully sweet and spicy flavor. Neither flavor overpowers the other, either, giving it a good balance of both. And just like with every other Zhena tea, you probably wouldn’t know it was bagged unless you were told, which I still find amazing and impressive even after trying so many of Zhena’s teas.
Bottom Line: Any self-respecting chai fan should give this a try. Unless you really don’t like coconut, you’ll probably love it. I’m not even a big fan of chai, but this one is still at the top of my list.
— To purchase Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"Smooth, rich, and very flavorful. The primary flavor that I picked up on was a caramel-honey flavor, although there was a certain malty quality as well. "|
Canton Tea Company specializes in Chinese-origin tea. The Bai Ling Gong Fu is from the Fujian Province and the reviewed tea is a Winter 2008 harvest. While most black (or red) teas look pretty much the same, this tea is by far the most interesting black tea I have seen in a while. The leaves are long, wiry and tightly curled, but what makes these leaves unique is the color: the tea has interesting shades of brown and orange and the leaves are much paler in color than your average black tea. This tea has a wonderfully sweet aroma. I brewed the tea using ample leaves and infusing for three and a half minutes (the Canton Tea website has specific instructions on how to brew this tea, including suggestions for multiple infusions). The brewed tea has a reddish-brown color and a strong malty aroma. This tea is a hearty, medium-to-heavy bodied brew with a sweet and rich flavor profile. The primary flavor that I picked up on was a caramel-honey flavor, although there was a certain malty quality as well. Because this tea was so naturally sweet, there was no need to add any sugar. I personally didn’t add milk to this tea, but a splash of milk or cream would probably enhance the richness of this tea. This tea seems most appropriate as a breakfast tea, although it could reasonably be enjoyed at any time of day. Canton Tea Co. states that these leaves are good for 3 to 4 infusions; unfortunately, because I was taking this tea with me on the road, I was unable to test that. Still, my first (and only) infusion was smooth, rich, and very flavorful.
This website is set up for sales to England, with prices listed in pounds, but I am sure they would also ship to USA and Canada.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Bai Ling Gong Fu, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This tea is more than a drink - it's an experience."|
My matcha experiences so far have been mid to low quality blends. The drinking experiences were all downplayed by the frustrating preparation: enthusiastic whisking followed by a frantic attempt to drink the green liquid before the pivotal froth quickly disappeared. It has been an interesting journey, but hardly moving.
I figured there had to be a reason people would be willing to pat $0.50 and more per gram for quality matchas, so I was excited to try out this beauty. Hot water in a preheated bowl met brilliantly with my matcha whisk, quickly frothing up. I let it sit for awhile and quickly noticed what a difference quality can make – the froth remained, allowing me to take my time in sipping and appreciating the delicate liquid.
And appreciate I did. This tea is so smooth and flavourful and above all, moving. I felt myself being transported to a world of silk robes and geishas. This tea is more than a drink – it’s an experience. Unfortunately, it’s not an experience most of us can afford very often, but when you can, it’s worth every penny, and it is something to share.
— To purchase Boulder Tea Ujihikari Maccha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.